Bhuleshwar Temple Malshiras
About Bhuleshwar Temple
Bhuleshwar is a Hindu temple of Shiva, situated around 45 kilometres from Pune and 10km from Pune-Solapur highway from Yawat. The temple is situated on a hill and was built in the 13th century.The temple is unique as its architecture is Islamic from outside and appears more as a mosque than a temple due to its resemblance of circular tomb and minarets. The reason for this unique design is said to be done to protect the temple from being destroyed by invaders. There are classical carvings on the walls. It has been declared as a protected monument.
Bhuleshwar has a mythological & historical significance. Originally, it was a fort which was called as 'Mangalgadh'. It is said that Parvati danced for Shiva and from here they went to Kailash and got married. This place is crowded during Mahashivratri.
The temple is also known for the folk-tale about it, when a bowl of sweet (pedhas) is offered to the Shiva Ling, one or more of the sweets disappear. Actor-travel writer Milind Gunaji writes about his experience with this in his book Mystical, Magical Maharashtra.
The temple also has an idol of Ganesha in female attire. It is popular as Ganeshwari or Lambodari or Ganeshyani. This temple is said to be built in 1200 century by King Krishnadevray.
Temple was built during the period of 1230 AD during Yadava Rulers. The fort on which the temple is situated is called as Daulatmangal fort, also at times referred as Mangalgad. Black basalt (AA type) rock was brought to construct this temple which is different as compared to surrounding brownish colour basalt which has the high percentage of calcium (lime - Chuna). The fort was constructed in 1629 by Murar Jagdev who, in 1630, looted Pune. He then built the fort to keep a watch on the city.
By Air: The nearest airport to Bhuleshwar Temple is Lohegaon air force base airport, Pune which is 37 km away from Bhuleshwar Temple.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Bhuleshwar temple is Uruli Railway Station which is 12 km away from Bhuleshwar Temple.
By Road: It is located at Bhuleshwar Road, nearly 55 km from Pune. You can easily hire a cab or a taxi from Pune to Bhuleshwar.
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